By Dave R. Davison
Next month will see the return of the Cloneapalooza V music and camping festival, a camp-out, smoke-out music extravaganza that has rocked the trees and hills of Vashon Island for the past five years.
Leading up to that event there is a fundraising mini-version of Cloneapalooza slated to take place on Aug. 26 at Uncle Sam’s Bar and Grill in Spanaway beginning at 3 p.m. The fundraiser features 10 hard-driving bands, and guests can get in for free if they follow the instructions:
Go to the Cloneapalooza Facebook page. Go to the Aug. 26 event. Like the page. Then click “going” and you are automatically on the guest list. Otherwise, you can still get into the event by paying $10 at the door.
Line-up for the Aug. 26 Uncle Sam show:
- Kaos N Kunfusion, an all original, multi-style hard rock/metal band formed in Seabeck in 2012.
- The Bangalores call themselves a comedy death metal band. They play heavy, sing along punk-metal with a knowing wink and nod.
- It Gets Worse is a band with extra brass that plays ska, reggae and rock. Originally formed in 2011 in Laramie, Wyo., the group is now located in Seattle.
- Nothing Sounds Good is a Tacoma rock band. They are a great, unknown, local band with catchy music and intelligent lyrics. Nothing Sounds Good’s front man, Sleazy Vegetable Joe, is an over qualified, under-achieving, unfiltered, unfeeling, insensitive, loudmouth jerk that will keep you mesmerized and entertained throughout the entire performance.
- Reverent Circle plays heavy-groove rock. Their music has been described at “a sticky, infectious, wide load of ear candy that stays stuck to your brain forever once you let it in.”
- Kali Souljah is a secretive hip-hop artist.
- Junkie Munky is an all original rock duo singer and guitarist from Detroit that plays to original backing tracks.
- Mr. Von’s mission is to keep bringing good music to hip-hop and to be a real representative for hip-hop.
- Donkey Show Tomorrow bills itself simply as “Zombie Cowboy Music.”
- THA ALI3N OG bills himself as a “chef by day and a rapper by night.”
The September Cloneapalooza three-day extravaganza is very expensive to put together, advertise and run. Cloneapalooza V will be the most expensive event that organizer Chris Aldridge has ever thrown. While the Uncle Sam fundraiser is free to get into, Aldridge suggests donating whatever you can at the merchandise booth, and purchasing tickets to the main event early (which will be on sale), buying merchandise and supporting the involved bands as well.
Cloneapalooza V takes place Sept. 21-24 at the AYH Ranch on Vashon Island. The cost is $50 a night. More than 30 bands will perform over the course of the weekend.
Event organizer Aldridge summed up Cloneapalooza V as “a mini Hempfest for adults, where you can stay.”
For information look up Cloneapalooza on Facebook.